Pump up the nutrition in your favorite sandwich standby with this bright and tasty Apple Cranberry Grilled Cheese.
Grilled cheese is a staple in our American culture. It’s comfort food, inexpensive, made from ingredients everyone has in the house and simple enough for a child to prepare. I usually add veggies to mine like tomatoes, pickles, even spinach. Then it hit me, why not create a sweeter take on the famous sandwich with an Apple Cranberry Grilled Cheese?
Not only is June my birthday month, but it’s also the Recipe ReDux birthday month! Birthdays are a time to take stock and upgrade and this month we were challenged to create healthy upgrades to a simple sandwich! Sold.
Truthfully, I’m not really a sandwich person. My lunches are usually salad based and rarely involve slices of bread, largely because bread is one of those things that’s difficult to find in a really healthy option. Two of my favorite discoveries are Dave’s Killer Bread (the 60 calorie version) and Alvarado Street Bakery Sprouted Flax Seed Bread (50 calories per slice). They both taste amazing and fit my calorie and ingredient preferences.
So, once I found this delicious bread, I had to play around with it. I made French toast, bread pudding in a mug, Patriotic flag toast and of course, avocado toast with runny eggs. The most recent creation is my Apple Cranberry Grilled Cheese. I always try to make lower calorie versions of things for my weight management clients using reduced-fat cheeses and “light” bread, flatbreads and wraps. If that’s not your thing, simply use full fat cheese and regular bread.
What are your favorite add-ins to grilled cheese? Please share your yummy ideas!
Pump up the nutrition in your favorite sandwich standby with this bright and tasty Apple Cranberry Grilled Cheese. #thereciperedux #MeatlessMonday Click To Tweet
- 2 slices light whole grain bread
- 2 slices 2% reduced fat cheese
- ¼ of an apple, sliced
- 1 Tablespoon dried cranberries
- Start with one slice of bread and layer apple slices, one slice cheese, cranberries, second slice of cheese and top with the second slice of bread.
- Spray a small nonstick pan with cooking spray and heat on medium.
- Add the sandwich and lightly brown on one side, turn it over and cover to allow cheese to melt.
- Remove from pan once the second side is nicely browned.
- Cut and serve immediately.
Be sure to check out all of the sandwich upgrades created by my fellow Recipe Reduxers by clicking on the image below 🙂